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Shul vs. historic preservation: A Florida synagogue is challenging a city’s right to designate its building a historic landmark. (Associated Press)

N.Y. town’s other Jewish controversy: An upstate region where the local school district faces anti-Semitism allegations also has a controversy brewing over a Hasidic real estate development. (New Republic)

Israel’s friend Kerry: Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for peace because he cares about Israel’s survival, writes Jeffrey Goldberg. (Bloomberg View)

Hillel should embrace openness: Hillel should be proudly Zionist but also embrace open debate, writes Rabbi Andy Bachman. (Forward)

A deaf rabbi: Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe cannot hear, but that hasn’t stopped her from leading a California congregation. (Washington Post)

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